OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s likely the Mariners will take a look Friday when former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum holds a showcase workout for scouts in Scottsdale, Ariz.
It’s unlikely the Mariners will do more than look.
A free agent, Lincecum is seeking to return to the majors as a starting pitcher after working out all winter to recover from hip surgery.
That makes him a poor fit for the Mariners, one top club official acknowledged. The Mariners like their current five-man rotation, and lefty James Paxton is pitching well at Triple-A Tacoma.
Lincecum, now 31, is a Bellevue native who was the college player of the year in 2006 at Washington prior to his selection that year by San Francisco with the 10th overall pick in the draft.
The Mariners bypassed Lincecum that year to select California right-hander Brandon Morrow with the fifth overall pick.
Lincecum reached the majors in 2007 and won the Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009. He pitched no-hitters in 2013 and 2014 against San Diego and helped the Giants win the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
San Francisco shows interest in retaining Lincecum, while San Diego and Baltimore have shown steady interest. In all, representatives from about 20 clubs are expected to attend the showcase.
Lincecum is 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA in 269 games, including 261 starts, over his nine-year career with the Giants.
WIELAND OFF ROSTER
The Mariners created an opening on their 40-man roster by sending struggling right-hander Joe Wieland to Triple-A Tacoma on an outright assignment after he cleared waivers.
Wieland, 26, was already pitching for the Rainiers and has been roughed up in his last three starts for 27 runs (22 earned) and 24 hits in just four innings. He is 1-3 with a 17.31 ERA overall in five starts.
The Mariners acquired Wieland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a Jan. 12 trade for minor-league infielder Erick Mejia.
Wieland spent parts of the last three seasons in the big leagues but pitched primarily last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 22 games.
Veteran set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit did not accompany the Mariner on their seven-game trip but should be ready to test his recovery from inflammation in his right shoulder before the club returns to Safeco Field.
"He’s played catch (Sunday) out in the outfield," manager Scott Servais said. "He felt fine. Felt really good. Thumbs up on that one. He’s moving in the right direction."
Benoit, 38, hasn’t pitched since April 21, when he gave up two runs in one inning at Cleveland. He is eligible to return Friday from the disabled list, but he likely won’t be ready before the middle of the month.
DREAM ON HOLD
Center fielder Leonys Martin always knew it was a long shot that he would realize his dream of playing next year for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic.
So a report from www.Marinoticias.com that Cuba will not permit major-league players or anyone who defected from the country to participate is really no surprise.
In addition to Martin, the decision prohibits several top players from returning to play for Cuba, including White Sox’s first baseman Jose Abreu, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Hi-A Bakersfield produced the California League pitcher of the week for the second straight week when left-hander Anthony Misiewicz was cited for the period of April 25 to May 1.
Misiewicz, 21, pitched eight shutout innings against Inland Empire (Angels) in his only start. He allowed two hits while walking one and striking out four.
Right-hander Andrew Moore won the honor for the week of April 18-24.
Misiewicz is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts. He was picked by the Mariners in the 18th round of last year’s draft.
HONORARY BAT GIRL
A Kennewick woman, Betsy Haffner, who is battling stage four breast cancer will serve May 15 as the Mariners’ honorary bat girl as part of Major League Baseball’s annual campaign to raise support and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Haffner is a mother of five who was diagnosed in 1994 at the age of 39. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hormone therapy for metastatic breast cancer.
It was 18 years ago Tuesday — May 3, 1998 — that catcher Dan Wilson hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning of a 10-6 victory over Detroit at the Kingdome.
Wilson circled the bases on a line drive to center field against Tigers right-hander Frank Castillo. The call by Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who called out twice for rye bread, remains an indelible moment in the franchise’s 40-year history.
The slam completed a two-day cycle for Wilson, who had a triple, double and a single in his final three at-bats the previous day in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers.
After arriving Sunday night in San Francisco, manager Scott Servias and bench coach Tim Bogar went to a Korean restaurant with first baseman Dae-Ho Lee and Lee’s interpreter (D.J.Park). Servais’ impression: "That guy is a rock star."… Seth Smith’s .440 on-base percentage, through Sunday, ranked second among American League players. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer led the league at .459…the Mariners’ .223 batting average in April was the lowest in club history but only barely lower than the .226 average that opponents compiled…the Mariners drew 30 walks in the six games on the just-completed homestand. They are on pace, through Sunday, to finish with 587. They had 478 in 2015.
The Mariners and Athletics continue their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3 with a 4.65 ERA) will face Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray (3-2, 3.81.)
The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners